Dodging the Blank on Suttle Lake

by | Mar 6, 2022 | fly fishing in Oregon

Suttle-LakeAfter a delivering a fantastic full day seminar for the Fin and Fire Fly Shop yesterday, today was back on the water.  Team USA Master Fly Fishing Teammate, Scott Robertson, took his wife Sarah, Granny and I to a lake he’d been wanting to fish, Suttle Lake.  But though sunny, it was chilly.  I mean – its early March still no matter where and it was bone chilling cold both water temp and air.


flyfishing-oregonThe cold didn’t stop us from trying to catch a fish however.  While Sarah and Granny gave fishing a go for a little while, Scott and I never gave up.  But the huge brown trout Scott informed us were here, were good at hiding.  We fished the lake edges, sunken ponderosas, drop-offs, around schools of kokanee salmon and you name it, but we could not find a brown trout.


Oregon-fishingPersistence almost always pays off however.  Like in the World Championship competitions, when getting skunked is unacceptable, today was the same.  And by miracle, I tossed my double fly rig to shallow water near a few scattered weeds.  One strip and a small fish was on.  The tug came from a tiny stocked rainbow.  Not that exciting in the term of things, but despite difficult conditions, our boat did not get blanked!


fly-fishingWith the tough day behind in the rearview and tomorrow being the last while here visiting the Robertson’s, we’re headed for Lake Billy Chinook again.  Scott and I did well there on Friday and were certain we can put the ladies on a few nice bull trout tomorrow.  Stay tuned!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!